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How To Build a Temporary Wall Partition

If you want to put up a divider without making permanent alterations to a room, construct a temporary wall.


  • Step 1: Now place drywall over the frame. If you need to take the wall down later, remove the wedges and take out the frame. Whether this is your new home office or a small area for the kids to play, your new room is ready!
  • FACT: _Frame_ comes from the Old English word for forward or advance.
  • Step 2: Shim the frame up against the locations of the ceiling joists and permanent wall studs with wedges of scrap wood or wooden shingles.
  • Step 3: Swing the frame into position. The end frame studs should be adjacent to wall studs in the permanent walls, and the inside frame studs should be aligned under the ceiling joists.
  • Step 4: Construct a wall frame of 2-by-4 consisting of vertical studs and a top and bottom plate. The height should be slightly less than that of the ceiling, and the length slightly less than the distance between the two walls you plan to bridge.
  • TIP: Make sure the studs and plates are square, and securely nailed together. The studs should be positioned in the frame so that they will be directly beneath the ceiling joists.
  • Step 5: Determine where the wall will go. Make precise measurements.

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